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Fans in Cyprus throw flare at injured player

Fans in Cyprus throw firecracker at injured player during heated clash with rivals

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UPDATED:

16:39 GMT, 22 October 2012

Fans of a Cypriot club have been blasted after they threw a firecracker at a rival team's player while he was receiving treatment for an injury.

Anorthosis Famagusta's Ricardo Laborde was stricken on the field when the flare was thrown during the match with AC Omonia.

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Scare: A powerful firecracker exploded near players and trainers of Anorthosis Famagusta

Scare: A powerful firecracker exploded near players and trainers of Anorthosis Famagusta

Video footage shows trainers who were tending to injured player, as well as the Colombian forward himself, writhing on the
ground after the firecracker exploded just inches from their faces but no-one was injured in the attack.

Anorthosis have urged police
to carry out more thorough checks of fans entering stadium grounds.
Police said investigators are pouring over CCTV footage to track down
the culprit.

Scare: A powerful firecracker exploded near players and trainers of Anorthosis Famagusta

Scare: A powerful firecracker exploded near players and trainers of Anorthosis Famagusta

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Carlos Tevez told to keep shirt on by Premier League: Charles Sale

Keep your shirt on, Tevez is told

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UPDATED:

22:08 GMT, 29 August 2012

The Premier League have written to
Carlos Tevez and Manchester City warning them that the Argentina striker
will be fined if he continues to pull up his shirt to display different
messages on his vest, which the player has done after scoring in three
successive games this season.

Tevez
has been careful not to be booked while promoting three impoverished
areas — Fuerte Apache, Lugano 1y 2 and Villa La Nata — around his family
home in Buenos Aires by keeping the City jersey under his chin.

Passionate: Tevez reveals his latest undergarment after scoring against Liverpool

Passionate: Tevez reveals his latest undergarment after scoring against Liverpool

But the Premier League, who were
suspicious that there might be a Cyprus holiday resort which is also
called Villa La Nata, do not want Tevez to continue with this type of
goalscoring celebration.

However,
it is understood the Argentine is happy to carry on and pay a fine if
necessary because the place names mean so much to him.

City will not want to rock the boat while things are going so well with Tevez.

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Share mystery

Arsenal
might be finding it difficult to keep hold of their best players but 40
shares in the club have each been traded over the past week for a
remarkable record-breaking 17,000, valuing the Gunners at 2billion. The buyer remains unknown.

American owner Stan Kroenke would have had to
declare the purchase, while Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s
advisers deny he has added to his 29.9 per cent holding, believing a
speculator has bought and sold 20 shares.

Meanwhile, the Premier League —
on Arsenal’s instigation — have tightened their ownership rules so that
a 30 per cent holding does not automatically entitle an investor to
have access to the club’s books.

Lapasset's big ambition
Olympic dream: Lapasset

Olympic dream: Lapasset

Bernard Lapasset, president of the International Rugby Board, makes no secret of his great ambition to join the International Olympic Committee, especially with Rugby Sevens becoming an Olympic sport.

So the appointment of Brett Gosper, however well qualified, as chief executive of the IRB has not gone unnoticed when his father is Kevan Gosper, Australia’s most senior member of the IOC.

BT go French

BT Vision, who need to build a sports channel quickly around their Premier League portfolio next season, have bought French club rugby’s Top 14 competition — even though they cannot screen it for a year.

BT have also started talks with potential football presenters, including Gary Lineker. But it is understood Lineker is more likely to renew his BBC contract, which expires in July 2013, even though he will have to take a considerable pay cut.

Broadcasting darling Clare Balding is also the more likely choice to lead BBC’s 2016 Olympic coverage.

Channel 4’s false start

Channel 4’s coverage of the Paralympics will be under the closest scrutiny following LOCOG’s decision to award them the contract in preference to the BBC.

So it was not the best of starts that their Tuesday night programme, supposedly featuring the lighting of the cauldron at Stoke Mandeville, went off air 12 minutes before the event took place.

Ironically, the lighting was shown live on BBC News 24.

A C4 spokesman blamed an ‘unfortunate’ over-run in a ceremony that could have been arranged around the channel’s programming.

In contrast to the British Olympic Association’s lavish money-no-object approach to London 2012, with an army of staff, the British Paralympic Association could not afford to rent an office in the main press centre in the Olympic Park or man it.

Rugby legacy for Olympic Stadium

The recommended venues to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup being put forward to a board meeting next week will include the Olympic Stadium, with the proviso that it fits into still-to-be decided legacy plans.

But it is another sign of the option to have mixed usage of the venue, with concerts and one-off sports events, when a deal with hot tenancy favourites West Ham United is still to be agreed.

Rio Ferdinand fears his England career is over after Euro controversy

Ferdinand fears his England career is over after Euro 2012 controversy

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UPDATED:

00:44 GMT, 9 June 2012

Rio Ferdinand fears the row over his omission from the Euro 2012 squad will mark the end of his England career.

The 33-year-old Manchester United defender has told England manager Roy Hodgson he will never retire from internationals but Ferdinand, capped 81 times, told the Sun: ‘You would have to say it might be over with England for me.

Life's a beach: Rio Ferdinand and his family on holiday in Cyprus

Life's a beach: Rio Ferdinand and his family on holiday in Cyprus

'If I’m not getting picked now, especially when people are out injured, then it is unlikely I will be picked again.

'I really hoped I would get 100 caps, but for various reasons it hasn’t happened. It is a disappointment.

Veteran: Former captain Ferdinand has been capped 81 times

Infleunce: Former captain Ferdinand has been capped 81 times

‘I won’t discuss what Mr Hodgson has said to me but he knows I wanted to be in the squad.

‘But just because I am not there, don’t think I want them to fail. I am not bitter. I know how much the boys want to succeed.’

Ferdinand has played just once for
England in the past two years due to injury but featured in 30 of
United's 38 Premier League games last season.

He added: 'I might have had a few injury problems in the past but I was in good shape.

Wish you were here: Ferdinand catches up with all the news

Wish you were here: Ferdinand catches up with all the news

'I played all our games in the run-in, the manager was happy with me, and I was feeling really good. You can't ask for any more.

'To lose the title to City like we did and miss out on the Euros was hard to take, I admit that.

'But I'm chomping at the bit to get back to United and start next season.

'I'm not one for looking back – I'm looking forward and there's still a lot for me to do in this game.'

Rio Ferdinand reads Daily Mail in Cyprus

Good choice, Rio! Snubbed Ferdinand gets over Euro rejection in Cyprus… with a browse of Sportsmail

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UPDATED:

14:06 GMT, 8 June 2012

Rio Ferdinand may have been upset at his omission from England's Euro 2012 squad, but he certainly wasn't showing it as he lapped up the sun in Cyprus flicking through the pages of Sportsmail.

The 33-year-old Manchester United
defender seemed particular interested by our lowdown on the latest
arrival at Old Trafford – Japanese attacking midfielder Shinji Kagawa.

Spot on, Rio: Ferdinand reads the Daily Mail in Paphos, Cyprus

Spot on, Rio: Ferdinand reads the Daily Mail in Paphos, Cyprus

And Ferdinand isn't the only United and England star who enjoys a read of the Daily Mail. Striker Danny Welbeck was snapped back in February getting stuck into a copy on a flight to Amsterdam.

Ferdinand is on holiday in Paphos, on
the west coast of the Mediterranean island, as England prepare for
their Euro 2012 opener against France on Monday night.

The
81-cap international was left out of the trip to Poland and Ukraine
despite a defensive injury crisis hitting Roy Hodgson's side… but it's
good to see a read of Sportsmail has cheered him up.

United front: Ferdinand's Old Trafford team-mate Danny Welbeck is also a fan

United front: Ferdinand's Old Trafford team-mate Danny Welbeck is also a fan

Lapping it up: Ferdinand takes mind off his Euro rejection

Lapping it up: Ferdinand takes mind off his Euro rejection

Lapping it up: Ferdinand takes his mind off his Euro rejection with a dip in the pool

Jordan Rhodes set for 3.5m Fulham move

Fulham set to win Rhodes race as Jol closes in on 3.5m deal for Huddersfield star

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UPDATED:

08:21 GMT, 17 May 2012

Jordan Rhodes is set to cap his remarkable campaign with a 3.5million move to Fulham.

The striker has scored 40 goals for Huddersfield this season, alerting the likes of Everton, Aston Villa, Norwich and West Ham.

On fire: Jordan Rhodes is set to join Fulham after a blistering season

On fire: Jordan Rhodes is set to join Fulham after a blistering season

But Fulham boss Martin Jol is in pole position and is keen to do business after the League One play-off final at Wembley on Saturday week.

Rhodes will play for Huddersfield for the last time as they take on Sheffield United for a place in the Championship and Jol wants to tie things up before the youngster goes on holiday.

Rhodes made his Scotland debut as a substitute in a friendly against Cyprus last November.

London 2012 Olympics: Kelly Smith doubtful

Arsenal's Smith a doubt for Olympics after striker aggravates ankle injury

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UPDATED:

21:43 GMT, 3 April 2012

Kelly Smith could struggle to be fit to represent Great Britain's women's football team at the Olympics after aggravating an ankle injury.

The Arsenal Ladies striker sustained the initial problem in England's defeat at France's hands in the Cyprus Cup on March 4.

At the time, Arsenal forecast she would be absent for less than a month after the injury setback.

Doubt: Kelly Smith (centre) faces a race to be fit for the Olympics

Doubt: Kelly Smith (centre) faces a race to be fit for the Olympics

However Smith incurred further damage when kicking a ball at a video shoot, according to BBC Sport.

Smith said: 'It's touch and go [for the Games]. It's not ideal.'

She added: 'I'll be out for a couple of months.

'Fingers crossed. I'm positive about it. It's a month or so before the squad is announced so we will see.'

In charge: Hope Powell will hope to have Smith available in July

In charge: Hope Powell will hope to have Smith available in July

Smith would appear certain to earn selection for Hope Powell's Olympics squad if she can demonstrate she can recover fitness in time for the tournament, which begins in late July.

The 33-year-old, who is England's all-time record scorer with 45 goals, began her third stint with Arsenal Ladies in March, after a stint in the United States with the Boston Breakers.

Champions League minnows APOEL – all you need to know

From Skenderbeu Korce to the Champions League quarter-finals… but who are APOEL

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UPDATED:

19:53 GMT, 8 March 2012

In one of the Champions League’s biggest shocks in recent times, APOEL have reached the quarter-finals of the competition after producing a giant-killing act to eliminate Lyon on penalties.

It is a landmark occasion for the club who have built on becoming the first Cypriot team in the knockout stages to go on and reach the last eight of Europe’s elite.

But just who are they and how have they got this far Sportsmail gives you the lowdown on APOEL.

Island adventure: Cyprus outfit APOEL are making history in the Champions League

Island adventure: Cyprus outfit APOEL are making history in the Champions League

Spot on: Dionisis Chiotis saved two penalties in the shootout against Lyon

Spot on: Dionisis Chiotis saved two penalties in the shootout against Lyon

So it’s the Champions League quarter-finals and there are still teams in it I’ve never even heard of – I thought we dispensed with all them during the group stages, who are this lot

If you hadn’t heard of APOEL before, you will now. The Nicosia based outfit are Cyprus' biggest team having won a record 21 national league titles.

Can’t argue with that – that’s two more than Manchester United. But what of that name, it must be an abbreviation of something

'Athletikos Podosferikos Omilos Ellinon Lefkosias’ – or ‘Athletic Football Club of Greeks Nicosia’ to me and you – formed in 1926, winning their first league title 10 years later. They have picked them up regularly ever since.

Big club nationally then, where do they play their home games

At the GSP Stadium, which opened in 1999. It holds 22,859 and although that is relatively low for a Champions League quarter-final team, it is the biggest ground in the country.

Pure delight: The fans that fill their stadium are in uncharted territory

Pure delight: The fans that fill their stadium are in uncharted territory

Pure delight: The fans that fill their stadium are in uncharted territory

Pure delight: The fans that fill their stadium are in uncharted territory

A modern stadium with plenty of domestic success to match, surely they have some credible European history to go with that

They have European history but it very rarely goes beyond the first round – whether that is the Champions League, Europa League or Cup-Winners’ Cup.

They have played close to 150 matches (including qualifiers) but have mainly been whipping boys for other teams around Europe. That includes Dunfermline who once hammered them 10-1 in a first round Cup-Winners’ Cup tie in 1968, while Sporting Lisbon handed them their record defeat by winning 16-1 five years earlier in the same competition.

Ouch. Didn’t they play Chelsea a couple of years back

Bang
on the money. The 2009/10 season saw the Cypriots make their debut in
the Champions League group stage alongside the Blues, Porto and Atletico
Madrid.

No disgrace: APOEL held Chelsea to a draw during the 2010/11 campaign

No disgrace: APOEL held Chelsea to a draw during the 2010/11 campaign

They finished bottom with three points but were far from a disgrace as only an inferior goal difference denied them a Europa League spot in front of the Spaniards. They even drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.

So after years of toiling in Europe, they now find themselves in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition. I’m guessing they only got through the group stage through either a bye or the toss of a coin.

At the helm: Ivan Jovanovic

At the helm: Ivan Jovanovic

On the contrary. Zenit, Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk were left trailing in Group G as the Nicosia-based outfit topped the group. Both they and the Russians had nine points but APOEL’s superior head-to-head record prevailed.

It’s been a long campaign too. Back in July when your average Premier League side was just returning to training, APOEL were kicking off their Champions League adventure in the second qualifying round against Albania’s finest, Skenderbeu Korce.

Fair play. Who is the mastermind behind this season’s surprise package

Ivan Jovanovic, a Serbian who is in his second spell at the club having been in charge between 2003 and 2005. The 49-year-old was reappointed in 2008 and in his first full season back guided them into the Champions League group stage.

He doesn’t produce the magic on the pitch though. Who have been the star players

With nearly half of the starting XI packed with Brazilians, lone striker Ailton has scored three goals in seven European games while fellow countryman Gustavo Manduca has also netted the same figure in the competition. In fact their only other goal has come from Macedonian Ivan Trickovski who struck to secure a point at Shakhtar.

An organised midfield has played a big part in their success too with Portuguese duo Nuno Morais and Helio Pinto adding to their European adventures from three years ago.

Samba magic: Brazilian players William Boaventura, Marcelo Oliveira and Kaka have been key

Samba magic: Brazilian players William Boaventura, Marcelo Oliveira and Kaka have been key

Have any Brits ended up in the capital (Apart from the ones who have got lost after a night out in Ayia Napa.)

Most famous of all is ex-Newcastle and Liverpool midfielder Terry McDermott, who ended his career at the club during a spell between 1985 and 1987. In more recent times, ex-Premier League stars Chris Bart-Williams and Dean Gordon featured during 2005.

So can APOEL shock everyone again and even reach the semi-finals
For a team that is ranked 63rd in Europe by UEFA, and has only just this season overtaken Bolton, it will be a very tall order to reach the final four.

But no one gave them a chance of even reaching the last 16 and knocking out Lyon has proved they can tackle the majority of sides left in the competition… well maybe those outside Spain.

Aston Villa welcome Enda Stevens after summer signing

Republic of Ireland U21 star Stevens finally arrives at Villa after agreeing deal in the summer

Left-back Enda Stevens will officially link up with Aston Villa next week and activate the three-year contract he agreed with the club in the summer.

The Republic of Ireland Under 21 international was allowed to remain with Shamrock for the first half of the campaign and compete in the Europa League before moving to Villa in January.

And boss Alex McLeish is hoping Stevens can quickly adjust to the demands of the Barclays Premier League and provide competition for Stephen Warnock.

Playing catch up: Enda Stevens (right) is finally ready for his Aston Villa debut

Playing catch up: Enda Stevens (right) is finally ready for his Aston Villa debut

He said: “It will be nice to have another body in the squad and Enda is a player who has got some potential. He”s a young player, there was a wee bit of interest in him and we decided to sign him.

“It is up to Enda to hit the ground running and do well and leave me thinking: “let”s get this guy involved”.

“Enda will have to go some way to break in because Stephen Warnock has been in great form.

“But we are hoping when he joins, he will get to grips with everything, adapt very quickly to put pressure on guys like Stephen.”

Stevens, who signed a pre-contract agreement, will officially become a Villa player when the transfer window officially reopens on Monday.

The Dublin born player had spells with UCD and St Patrick”s Athletic before joining Shamrock in December 2009 and helping them to win the league title at the end of his first season.

Stevens made his Under 21 debut against Cyprus 10 months ago.